Kalaraq Quori, a creature with the possession ability
A Kalaraq Quori, a creature with the possession ability from Eberron: Rising from the Last War

Possession is a nasty ability. It has its place in roleplaying, allowing a monster to take over one of the player characters (PCs) and use them to deliver messages.  It is also very powerful in combat.  The best-case scenario for the players is having one of their number removed from the field. Fortunately for players, possession typically removes most of a PC’s abilities.  See the text from the ghost stat block below.

Using Possession in Combat

Most ways of taking control of a player prevent you from doing anything to directly harm the player.  This is not true of possession.  You can walk the player right into lava if you have some handy.  By far my favorite use is attempting to drown a player.  Under normal circumstances, it’s very hard to drown any creature in combat.  With a possessed creature, it just as simple as dunking them in water and having them breathe out.

CreatureChallenge RatingSource
Agony the Ghost4Light of Xaryxis
Caradoc8Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen
Chief Kartha-Kaya4Storm King’s Thunder
Ebondeath4Divine Contention
Eigorn’s Sprit4Storm King’s Thunder
Ghost4Monster Manual
Gremorly’s Ghost9The Book of Many Things
Hashalaq Quori9Eberron: Rising from the Last War
Kalaraq Quori19Eberron: Rising from the Last War
Leedara4Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen
Nass Lantomir’s Ghost6Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden
Rose Durst3Curse of Strahd
Starlight Apparition5Boo’s Astral Menagerie
Thorn Durst3Curse of Strahd
Tsucora Quori7Eberron: Rising from the Last War
Yakfolk Priest4Storm King’s Thunder
Yakfolk Warrior3Storm King’s Thunder

The now that you’ve to some nasty monsters to take control of your player’s characters, why not find some nice magic items they can protect themselves with?

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